Cities: Skylines is a modern take on the classic city simulation. The game introduces new game play elements to realize the thrill and hardships of creating maintaining the a real city whilst expanding on some well-established tropes of the city building experience.Read full description
"Cities: Skylines is the best city-builder on the market right now. The game's presentation is stodgy, but it is all but guaranteed to provide you many hours of carefully crafting cities, laying out zoning, and establishing districts for specifics residential and industrial uses…all free from real-world mayoral headaches like 6 a.m. phone calls griping about snowplowing." [Gamespot ]
About the game:
Cities: Skylines is a modern take on the classic city simulation. The game introduces new game play elements to realize the thrill and hardships of creating maintaining the a real city whilst expanding on some well-established tropes of the city building experience.
From the makers of the Cities in Motion franchise, the game boasts a fully realized transport system. It also includes the ability to mod the game to suit your play style as a fine counter balance to the layered and challenging simulation. You’re only limited by your imagination, so take control and reach for the sky!
Multi-tiered and challenging simulation: Constructing your city from the ground up is easy to learn, but hard to master. Playing as the mayor of your city you’ll be faced with balancing essential requirements such as education, water electricity, police, fire fighting, healthcare and much more along with your citys real economy system. Citizens within your city react fluidly, with gravitas and with an air of authenticity to a multitude of game play scenarios.
Extensive local traffic simulation: Colossal Orders extensive experience developing the Cities in Motion series is fully utilized in a fully fleshed out and well-crafted transport systems.
Districts and Policies: Be more than just an administrator from city hall. Designating parts of your city as a district results in the application of policies which results in you rising to the status of Mayor for your own city.
Extensive modding support: Build or improve on existing maps and structures. You can then import them into the game, share them as well as download the creations of other city builders on the Steam workshop.
Cities skylines is a great game in many aspects with very good gameplay and features. You can easily spend many hours trying to optimize things such as traffic which is a large part of the game. The game has many good features but unfortunately there also exists many expensive DLCs that improve on the things that the base game lacks. The amount of mods that can be used for this game is however an important part. You can add and change everything from store signs, civilians to interchanges and road networks. I would easily recommend this game if you like city builders and traffic management.
As a fan of SimCity 4, this game delivers upon the city-building niche with a compelling combination of traffic management, city development and a big sandbox to play with. However, there are a number of gripes that I have, which include a number of key options that really should've been in the game that are now being sold as DLC (road-types, trams, special districts, etc.), performance optimizations and the traffic AI which only uses one lane on a four lane road. There are a vast number mods that fix a lot of them (full map usage, parallel asset loading, landmarks, etc.) or to satisfy your cravings, but be aware that it will affect the performance and hope that they also work or don't break your saves when a new update releases.
Cities: Skylines never fails to amaze me with it's visuals alone, it really got the miniature city look, like you could just squash a few houses with your fingertip! Skylines is a learning-by-doing type of game, you will always fail at some points but somehow this game manages to not let it frustrate you! Instead it is exciting to watch new events unfold. Even long time players still enjoy it as the game always is a challenge, but not in a bad or too hard way! This game is a must for anyone who likes to play god and build a little city of your own!
I have been a fan of city builders since I first played Sim City 3000. Like most fans of the genre, I was really disappointed by the latest iteration in the Sim City series. Cities: Skylines is the game that EA should have created. Your cities can be massive by default, and expanded even further using mods. The huge library of DLC includes buildings, modded use of different public transportation systems, different road types, useful intersections, and different information and management panels to supplement the native ones. Updates occur regularly and many of the features in the expansions are included as free updates to the base game. I highly recommend this to anybody interested in city building. I really only have one complaint with the game, and that is the traffic management system. Usually there is little benefit to upgrading roads past four lanes because the traffic flow system doesn't maximize usage of all lanes. If you design your intersections, highways, and public transportation correctly this isn't a huge issue, but it would be nice to have more realistic traffic flow. The developers have said that updating the traffic management system would require players to have a much higher end machine. When compared with Sim City, the tradeoff of larger, more realistic cities in Cities: Skylines is worth the sometimes glitchy traffic system. My only suggestion would be to implement some sort of Academy or Megatower feature similar to those in Sim City. It would help add a new component to the game. Overall, I couldn't recommend this game more. I have put an embarrassing amount of time into this game and I don't see a reason to stop anytime soon. Each city teaches you a new lesson about how to properly expand your city to avoid different issues relating to public services.
A traffic management sim disguised as a city building sim, Cities Skylines is sure to make players cure the idiocy of the common driver.
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